Caragh McMurtry

Rower // Women's Squad
Date of Birth: 22nd Aug 1991 (26 years old)
Club: Reading University BC
Height: 174.00
Hometown: Southampton

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

After being out of action during 2015, Caragh McMurtry returned to rowing in 2016.

Caragh McMurtry, a medallist at world junior and under-23 level, was part of the senior women’s eight at the 2013 and 2014 World Rowing Championships.

McMurtry, who got into the sport through British Rowing’s Project Oarsome scheme, has also won a hat-trick of European Championship medals. She is also a commissioned artist.

A medallist at World Junior and U23 level, Caragh raced with the women’s eight at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships

On The Water

2014

European Silver Medallist Women's Eight

2012

World U23 and European Silver Medallist Women's Pair

European Bronze Medallist Women's Eight

2009

World Junior Silver Medallist Women's Four

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

McMurtry started the Olympiad in a second GB women’s quad scull at the World Cup in Eton Dorney, coming fifth. She was then selected for the eight and finished just outside the medals on her world championships debut in Chungju.

She remained in the eight throughout 2014 and won a silver medal at the European Championships in Belgrade. Bronze medals followed at the World Cups in Aiguebelette and Lucerne before the GB eight, with McMurtry in the stroke seat, finished sixth at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam.

(From left) Polly Swann, Caragh McMurtry, Rosamund Bradbury, Zoe de Toledo, Zoe Lee, Louisa Reeve, Katie Greves, Donna Etiebet and Jess Eddie won women's eight bronze at the Aiguebelette World Cup in 2014
Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Caragh McMurtry won women's pair silver at the 2012 European Championships

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

The 2012 season saw her forge a good partnership with Olivia Carnegie-Brown in the women’s pair, winning silver at both the World Rowing U23 Championships in Trakai and the European Championships in Varese. They also doubled up in the eight at the latter event, winning bronze.

She gained her first GB seat at the Munich International Regatta in 2009, winning silver in the women’s pair and gold in the four. She also raced in the latter boat at that year’s World Junior Championships in Brive, claiming a fine silver.

GB Competitive Record

World Rowing Championships
2017 7th W4-
2014 6th W8+
2013 4th W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2017
7th
W4-
World Rowing Championships:
2014
6th
W8+
World Rowing Championships:
2013
4th
W8+
European Rowing Championships
2017 4th W8+
2014 W8+
2012 W2-
2012 W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2017
4th
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2014
W8+
European Rowing Championships:
2012
W2-
European Rowing Championships:
2012
W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2017 Poznan W8+
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2017 Poznan
W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships
2012 W2-
2011 5th W8+
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2012
W2-
World Rowing U23 Championships:
2011
5th
W8+
World Rowing Junior Championships
2009 W4-
World Rowing Junior Championships:
2009
W4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 8th W2-
2014 2nd W2-
2012 6th W2-
2011 7th W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
8th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
2nd
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2012
6th
W2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2011
7th
W2-

More info...

Club: Reading University BC
Boat: Women’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: James Harris
Learnt to Row: Coalporters ARC
Original Club(s): Coalporters ARC
Original Coach(es): Eira Parry

Beyond the Boat

McMurtry began rowing at Coalporters ARC through British Rowing’s “Project Oarsome” scheme and competed on the coastal rowing circuit for five years before moving to river rowing.

A keen artist, she has sold work on commission and loves to draw or paint on paper, canvas and furniture. She said: “I constantly have new ideas and hoard art supplies for future undertakings.” She does not want to rely on her hobby as her sole source of income, though, and would like to work in the mental health profession when her rowing career finishes.

Her family now live in Cork, where she spent her family holidays growing up. Her dad would be among her dream dinner guest companions, along with Morrissey and Ben Stiller – star of her favourite film, Zoolander.

If stranded on a desert island, she would take the following three things with her: boyfriend Mikey, her family and her cats – she chills out with on the sofa after training. M83, Chvrches, Nero, The Prodigy and System of a Down provide the soundtrack to her ergo training but she likes to wind down by listening to Morrissey, The Smiths, Crowded House and Fleetwood Mac.

McMurtry is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Place of Birth Current Address Home Town
Southampton Reading Southampton
Place of Birth:
Southampton
Current Address:
Reading
Home Town:
Southampton
Date of Birth Height
22nd August 1991 174cm
Date of Birth:
22nd August 1991
Height:
174cm
Education
Bitterne Park Secondary School, Itchen College, Reading University
Education:
Bitterne Park Secondary School, Itchen College, Reading University